Evolution of an Innovation Capability - Making Crowdsourcing Work within a Large Enterprise

Research-Technology Management, Forthcoming

30 Pages Posted: 22 Dec 2016

See all articles by Calvin Smith

Calvin Smith

Dell Inc.

Sebastian K. Fixson

Babson College - Technology, Operations, and Information Management Division

Carlos Paniagua-Ferrari

Independent

Salvatore Parise

Babson College

Date Written: December 21, 2016

Abstract

As a form of crowdsourcing, idea competitions offer a mechanism to engage larger groups in innovation activities. While much of the literature on crowdsourcing focuses on idea competitions that cross a firm’s boundaries to engage external partners, relatively little is known about how this approach can be used within large companies, to engage the internal community. We describe how an internal idea competition in a large company has evolved over time into a much broader innovation management system that supports a range of different types of innovations, and how it has altered the firm’s overall approach to innovation and corporate entrepreneurship.

Keywords: Innovation culture, Crowdsourcing, Idea competitions

JEL Classification: L23, L26, L63, L86, O30, O31, O32

Suggested Citation

Smith, Calvin and Fixson, Sebastian K. and Paniagua-Ferrari, Carlos and Parise, Salvatore, Evolution of an Innovation Capability - Making Crowdsourcing Work within a Large Enterprise (December 21, 2016). Research-Technology Management, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2888531

Calvin Smith

Dell Inc. ( email )

1 Dell Way
Round Rock, TX 78682
United States

Sebastian K. Fixson (Contact Author)

Babson College - Technology, Operations, and Information Management Division ( email )

231 Forest St.
Babson Park, MA 02457
United States

Carlos Paniagua-Ferrari

Independent ( email )

No Address Available

Salvatore Parise

Babson College ( email )

231 Forest St.
Babson Park, MA 02457-0310
United States

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